Category Archives: Concerts

Alistair Brown Concert

8.00pm on Thursday 15 February at Murray and Julie Kilpatrick’s, 9 Donlin Road, Pukerua Bay on the Kapiti Coast. $10 (house concert rules so no discounts – all proceeds to Alistair).

Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old. He began his career helping out in the folk clubs of his native Scotland during the folk revival of the 60s, selling tickets, & opening bottles (and occasionally concerts) for many of the great names in folk music.

After 30 years of music and merry making in Canada, he returned to the UK and now lives in Cornwall, where he calls dances with the Newlyn Reelers and Tinners, and performs regularly in folk clubs, festivals, pub sessions and several ancient seasonal rituals that require the presence of accordions.

His performances cover the field from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art – all this accompanied by anglo concertinas and button accordion. You may have attended one of his acclaimed and much enjoyed performances on previous trip to New Zealand – in which case, you’ll know you’re in for a treat.

Come along and enjoy the hospitality of the AR president and the lovely Julie for the first of our concerts in 2018.


Klezmer Rebs Thursday 23 November

7.30pm on Thursday 23 November at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $15 members, $20 non-members.

In November, our concert features the Klezmer Rebs.  This super band originated in Wellington a number of years ago.  They play Klezmer Eastern European Jewish music. Wonderful, guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Get a taster here on Youtube.

Members will get a reduced entry to this concert.  We would love you to take out membership of Acoustic Routes.  Why not register at this concert?

You’ll also be treated to a warm, friendly and entertaining opening set by Liz Merton and Tim Barrie, on Oud (no, that’s not a spelling mistake, nor a reference to anyone’s age!), fiddle, ukulele and clarinet.

Spring Come-All-Ye Sunday 24 September

7.30pm on Sunday 24 September at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. Entry: $5 performers and members, $10 others. (Note the change of date from our usual 4th Thurdsay.)

Come celebrate spring at our Come All Ye circle concert. Bring along songs, tunes, poems, or whatever that relate to the spring or the seasons.

If you haven’t already subscribed this year, we’d love to have you join us! Please bring cash or a cheque book so you can join up at the September concert, get in for member’s rates, go in the raffle draw and get a discount on the Vishtèn concert in October.

Acoustic Routes Ceilidh

7.30pm on 24 August at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. $15 non-members, $10 members.

The Jimmies

Join The Jimmies for a mid-winter ceilidh to chase away the winter blues! With some great music and dancing,  it’ll be the warmest place in town that night. No need to know the dances, you can learn them on the night, and The Jimmies will keep you in time with their terrific tunes and incomparable calling.

The current line-up is: Mary Hubble on flute, whistles and vocals; Kevin Ikin on tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, percussion and vocals; Ann McChesney on keyboard and vocals; Murray Kilpatrick on accordion, banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals; Susan Ellis on fiddle and Kevin McLoughlin on bass, guitar and vocals.

While you’re catching your breath you’ll be entertained by Sarah Duckworth, with Marian and Barry Carter. Then exercise your vocal muscles with David Barnes before The Jimmies finish off the night with more dancing.

Acoustic Routes AGM, Sunday 20 August

Acoustic Routes AGM: Sunday 20 August. Upstairs at the Sprig and Fern, Tinakori Road, Thorndon, 3pm.

The AGM of the Acoustic Routes club (Wellington Folk Centre Inc.) will take place on Sunday 20 August at 3pm upstairs at the Sprig and Fern, Tinakori Road, Thorndon.  All members are invited to attend and only members can vote. The meeting requires a quorum of 15 eligible attendees and you can sign up for membership on the day if you wish.
Any questions regarding the meeting may be put in advance to the president at the president’s email address, or any other current member of the committee.

Jacquie Walters and James Wilkinson Concert

7.30pm on 27 July at Roseneath School Hall, Roseneath, Wellington. $15 non-members, $10 members.

Jacquie Walters and James Wilkinson

James was a member of award-winning group Emeralds and Greenstone and is currently a member of Toru. Jacquie made a name for herself as a folk artist in the northeast of England performing, touring, and recording with Kate Bramley.

James and Jacquie have shared concert bills in various band iterations over the past 25 years but this is their first tour as a duo. Jacquie is known for her stunning vocals and moving, topical songwriting. James is one of New Zealand’s best guitarists and a mesmerising bass player and will be adding his unique playing style and vocals in support of Jacquie’s original material.

Opening acts are Sage (Murray Kilpatrick and Sue Rose) and Toil & Trouble (Ron Craig with Mary Hubble and Jude Douglas) – a treat indeed!

Come and enjoy a perfect winter’s evening full of some of New Zealand’s best acoustic music.